Danes Heading to Japan to Talk Offshore Wind

A group of Danish offshore wind industry investors, developers and manufacturers is heading to Japan to meet with this country’s key stakeholders in Kitakyushu and Tokyo.

Illustration. Source: The University of Tokyo/Takeshi Ishihara

At the end of February and beginning of March, Japanese wind energy professionals will meet with a delegation of Danish experts from industry and consultancy to discuss how Japan can benefit from the Danish experience in investments, project development, and installation of offshore wind farms.

The Danish business delegation will start out in Kitakyushu on Monday, 27 February, where they will meet the city authorities and local stakeholders.

In Tokyo, they will meet with the Japan Wind Power Association( JWPA) and a number of JWPA members for a seminar, visit the ECO Power Co. and the Marubeni Corporation.

On Thursday, 2 March, they will attend the Wind Energy Expo & Conference 2017 in Tokyo, where additional Danish companies are showcasing their competencies at the Danish pavilion.

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced that renewable energy by 2030 shall account for 22-24 per cent of the Japanese power generation.

Japan currently has 53MW of installed offshore wind capacity.

However the country’s nascent offshore wind industry is expected to take off after changes to the Port and Harbour Law last year which enabled the government of Kitakyushu city to award the contract for the construction of the 229MW Hibikinada nearshore wind farm to a consortium comprising Kyuden Mirai Energy, Kyuden Corporation (Kyushu Electric Power), Hokutaku Renewable Energy Service, J-Power, and SAIBUGAS.